London Paddington (PAD)

Type: National Rail (Great Western
Main Line)
Station code: PAD
Opened: 1838
Platforms: 14
London Paddington was one of the iconic "Big 4" London terminuses and the headquarters of the Great Western Railway. The GWR first built a station at Paddington in 1838 but this was a temporary site pending the building of the current station which opened in 1854 with its impressive three span arched roof designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The station was enlarged with a fourth roof span in the early 1900s. In front of the station is the Great Western Hotel, built in the 1850s to form the main facade of the station, though this is now a Hilton. Currently Paddington has 14 platforms (not all full length) with another 6 platforms in the adjacent London Underground stations.

It is the terminus of the Great Western Main Line, Thames Valley commuter services and Heathrow Express/Connect services to the airport. Most services to the station are by Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express/Connect though there are also a few Chiltern Railway services too.

As might be expected Paddington is a busy station with over 35 million passengers passing through every year. A Crossrail Paddington station has been built and will open next year.
View across the station, a Heathrow Express train in the foreground

The HST at Paddington, an iconic sight since the 1970s

View of the roof

GWR signage still in place

Most trains at Paddington are operated by the modern version of GWR